When the Berlin Wall unexpectedly falls, former imprisoned assassin Kleo is released, and sets her sights on why she was denounced, arrested, and betrayed, and who is behind the conspiracy against her. Here are 5 reasons why you should watch Kleo on Netflix.
1. The Premise
It seems that at the heart of the story, there is a great mystery that people will want to see resolved. Kleo looks set to stop at nothing to find out the truth behind her betrayal, and from what we see in the trailer, she is a force to be reckoned with. We all love a good revenge story, and Kleo looks set to get revenge and unravel the conspiracy that surrounds her. The premise also allows the viewer to confront the twists and turns of the story at the same time as our protagonist, so we can play the game along with Kleo, trying to second guess the plot and reach conclusions at the same time as she does. If a show has an interesting premise, why would you not watch it?
2. The Setting
This series is set at a very interesting point in time, in a very interesting location. The late 1980s aesthetic has a mix of style and substance that many people will either remember or be aware of. With nostalgia on the up, Kleo looks set to tap into the zeitgeist of the TV audience, and present the story in a time zone that people have a fondness for — think of the success of Stranger Things, and you will get an idea of the perfect scenario for this to unfold in.
3. Jella Haase
The titular character is played by actress Jella Haase, and if the trailers are anything to go by, this looks like a performance that could define her. Haase is shown in various different disguises, in lots of situations, and she looks as dangerous and menacing as they come. However, there are also moments of humor, and Haase seems to be able to flip from scene to scene with ease. Haase is seen making her own poison from puffer fish, then blowing the dust from her concoction into the face of an adversary, like a villain straight from Arkham Asylum, before we switch to her training in military uniform, then transitioning into a murderous nurse, shooting her victim through a hospital pillow, sending plumes of feathers into the air. All the while Haase looks and feels like a loose cannon, unleashing her fury as she goes, and seems to be played with conviction.
4. The Music
The trailers suggest a few needle drops, and I am hoping that the setting will be reflected in the needle drops for this series. In one trailer we have a rendition of Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps playing over a montage of Kleo in different settings, adding a sinister but playful tone to the scenes. The track sounds great over the visuals and evokes almost Tarantino-esque vibes. We also have some typical pop synth music at the start of the trailer that absolutely feels relevant to the setting, so let’s hope that the incidental music used will remind us of early Depeche Mode, helping to sell the period of the drama,
5. The Action
Now I don’t want to spoil too much here, but there is no doubt that there are going to be a number of set pieces throughout this show that looks set to lift Kleo into almost filmic levels. There seems to be plenty of tight hand-to-hand combat choreography, with Kleo taking on all manner of action sequences including shootouts, car chases, and gun battles. This seems a series for a mature audience, and it looks like they are going all in on the gore and splatter too.
So as far as my tastes go, Kleo looks set to be a blast, ticking a lot of boxes and providing thrills, chills, and laughs along the way. If you like Killing Eve, Atomic Blonde, and Salt, this show could be for you and our five reasons alone should get you to at least try the first episode.
These were 5 reasons to watch Kleo on Netflix, which you can do with a subscription. Do you have any suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments.